Dr. Jeffrey L. Selwyn
Dr. Jeffrey L. Selwyn

What do you know about the approach to health care offered by an Accountable Care Organization?  You can learn more at the Arizona Senior Academy’s monthly Wellness Lecture on Wednesday (Jan. 13), beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.

Internist Dr. Jeffrey L. Selwyn will speak on the topic “ACOs: Overcoming Sticker-Shock; Your Healthcare Decision Matters.” Dr. Selwyn is medical director of Arizona Connected Care, southern Arizona’s only Accountable Care Organization.

Arizona Connected Care is a network of health care providers affiliated with Tucson Medical Center that share the goal of creating a healthier community while controlling increases in health care costs.  They focus on wellness, disease prevention, chronic disease management, and smooth transitions if a patient is hospitalized.  The network includes affiliates for urgent care, post acute care, home health care and physical therapy.

The health care approach offered by ACOs was promoted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010.  In his talk, Dr. Selwyn will focus on total medical costs for specific medical procedures and treatments and how patients should share in the decision-making process for appropriate care with excellent outcomes.

A  graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. Degree in Zoology, Selwyn received his M.D. Degree from the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn in 1972.  He interned at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn and completed his medical residency with the Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program.  He has been Medical Director of Arizona Connected Care since 2012.

Dr. Selwyn was affiliated with Internal Medicine Associates in Tucson from 1975 to 2014.  He served as medical director of Handmaker Hospice from 1973 to 1997 and as medical director of the Handmaker Jewish Geriatric Center from 1992 to 1997.

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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